Conclusion

Conclusion

This brief history of the 1960s student movement in Quebec brings out an important realization. Student power comes from the ability to organize and collectively drive towards goals. The strengths of the 1960s movement came in their most concrete and reasonable demands for university democratization, and they even saw some progress in the opening of the Senate and other administrative bodies. Their biggest weaknesses came through radical internal division that caused the public to see them less favourably and their goals to be taken less seriously.

That being said, students clearly have an enormous impact. A large number of informed, educated young people centralized on a few campuses can make a huge difference, in an agenda-setting manner if nothing else. They have the power to bring issues to the attention of the population, and they did in the 1960s. Though Rocke Robertson and his administration often brushed off the importance of the student protests, they did engage with activists in the end because students who care are far better than those who do not.

Who are we?

Channing Arndt

Channing Arndt is a U3 Political Science student at McGill University. During the 2012 student protests, he was on exchange in Memphis, Tennesee. Channing was not involved with the strike movement.

Daniel Etcovitch

Daniel Etcovitch is a U2 Political Science student at McGill University. During the 2012 student protests, he was a student at Dawson College, an English CEGEP that was home to major activism but in the end voted against the student strike. Daniel was vehemently opposed to the strike movement, and describes smoke-bombing as terrorism.

Larissa Rohr

Larissa Rohr is a Political Science student on exchange from Germany. During the 2012 student protests, she was not in Canada, but followed the happenings in the media. As a high school student in 2009, she took part in a protest against introducing student fees. Larissa was in favour of the strike movement.

‎Max Seltzer

Max Seltzer is  a U1 joint-Honours Economics and Finance student at McGill University. During the 2012 student protests, he was a student at Marianopolis College, an English CEGEP that was home to little activism, and voted against the strike by a 70 point margin. Max was not involved in the strike movement.

Robert Marfleet

Robert Marfleet is a U-2 Political Science-History major at McGill University. During the 2012 student protest Robert participated in the protest however was quickly jaded by the methods and demands of participating protestors. Robert has previously engaged in protests against rising gang violence in his home nation of Trinidad and Tobago.

Zachary Rodgers

Zachary Rodgers is  a U3 English student at McGill University. During the 2012 student protests, he was a History student at McGill (a very different time). Zach was neutral in the strike movement.

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With special thanks to the team at the McGill University Archives, without whom this project would not have been possible.

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